Recipes to Make Canned Tuna Taste Amazing

If you try to eat healthy, you probably have a stash of canned tuna somewhere in your kitchen. Many people can eat this by itself and even have no problem drinking the canned water or oil. Tuna is rich in healthy fats and oils and is known to promote good brain function.

For me, plain tuna doesn't hold much value as a solitary food. When I started my diet and decided to add more fish, I began experimenting with ways to make tuna more palatable. Here are three of my favorite recipes to spice up your tuna.

Spicy Tuna Melts on Wheat

This is a recipe that is a spin on the classic tuna melt recipe that I tweaked with new ingredients. Delicious as a snack or as a full meal.

What you'll need:

  • 3 Slices of Wheat Bread
  • 1 4oz. Can of Tuna
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. Dill Relish
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon Mustard or Whole Grain Mustard
  • 1/2 Tbs. Ranch Dressing
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
  • Shredded Cheese


1. Preheat oven on broil and place rack in the top slot as close to the broiler as possible.
2. Drain tuna and press between paper towels to get rid of excess moisture.
3. Combine all wet ingredients with tuna, onion, and pepper flakes in a small bowl and mix.
4. Toast wheat break lightly in toaster. Do not toast too much or it will burn when placed under the broiler.
5. Place toasted bread on a baking sheet and distribute tuna evenly between pieces.
6. Top each piece with desired amount of cheese.
7. Place in oven on top rack and leave door slightly cracked.
8. Allow to cook for 30-45 seconds and remove.
9. Allow to cool for one minute and enjoy!

Tuna Burgers

Whenever I want a good hot sandwich that's healthy and delicious I make tuna patties and fry them for a great meal. For kids, you can also make mini slider tuna burgers.

What you'll need:

  • 1 6oz. Can of Tuna
  • 1 Tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 Tbs. Diced Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Tbs. Olive/Canola Oil Mix


1. Beat egg, lemon juice, and onion in a bowl.
2. Add crumbs and Parmesan cheese and mix until the substance is paste like.
3. Fold in tuna and shape into one inch thick patties of preferred size.
4. Heat skillet on medium heat and add oil.
5. Cook patties until golden brown, usually about five minutes, on each side.
6. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.

No Mayo Tuna Salad

If you're trying to get healthy or are just tired of the standard mayonnaise tuna salad, try this for a healthy and delicious alternative.

What you'll need:

  • 1 6oz Can Of Tuna
  • Olive Oil & Vinegar Dressing
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Can Green Beans or Kidney Beans (Or Both)


1. Drain tuna and use paper towels to get rid of excess moisture.
2. Drain can of vegetables and rinse under running cold water for one minute to get rid of excess sodium.
3. Mix tuna, 3 Tbs. of dressing, and beans in bowl.
4. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.

If you're looking for a new delicious way to enjoy your canned tuna try any of these great recipes. Not only is tuna healthy but it can be amazingly delicious if prepared in the right way. Enjoy!

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